Born to a loving mother and enjoying a warm and happy childhood in the forest, young Babar's life is shattered when his mother is killed by a hunter. The lost and lonely orphan runs through the forest until he stumbles upon a city of humans - full of new sights, sounds and adventures. A kind elderly lady takes the little elephant in and there begins his education into the ways of humans. Though Babar grows quite fond of city life, he finds himself longing for his home in the forest, and so he sets out to return to his birthplace. It is through these hardships and adventures that Babar finds the strength to rise above his misfortunes.